In 2012, the first SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition recognized the world’s most energy-efficient flat-panel televisions from Samsung and LG.
Awards winning products from the European region were recognized at an awards ceremony at the IFA Fair in Berlin, Germany in September 2012. International winners were recognized at the Clean Energy Ministerial in April 2013.
The SEAD Initiative works with manufacturers, retailers, and policymakers to showcase feature-rich, energy-efficient products that provide top-quality services while reducing energy costs. The Global Efficiency Medal competitions demonstrate the levels of efficiency that are possible today, and shine a spotlight on innovative new technologies that can further push the boundaries of efficiency and slash energy consumption.
Televisions account for 3%-4% of global residential electricity consumption. If all TVs sold were as efficient as the SEAD award-winning TVs, electricity savings globally would be more than 84 billion kilowatt hours annually by 2020. SEAD global award-winning products were 33-44% more efficient than TVs with similar technology.
SEAD completed an analysis of the outcomes and accomplishments of the Global Efficiency Medal competition for televisions, evaluating the efficiency of winning products, manufacturers' efforts to improve efficiency, energy savings potential and cost effectiveness of winning products, and test lab capacity building. For more information, view the report here.
SEAD identified the most efficient flat-panel TVs in three different size categories and four geographical regions, with one product awarded for most efficient emerging technology globally.
SEAD Global Efficiency Medals were awarded to the following products, recognizing them as the most energy efficient, commercially available TVs globally:
The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the Emerging Technology category has been awarded to an LG-produced 47-inch LED backlist LCD prototype television. This television is 59% more efficient than commercially available TVs with comparable technology. This award-winning TV is expected to become commercially available worldwide within two years of this competition's close.
SEAD Global Efficiency Medals are awarded to the following products, recognizing them as the most energy efficient, commercially available TVs in the following regions: